Project planning with “Godzilla”

The Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments–Tropics (NGEE-Tropics or NGEE-T) project, initiated to answer critical questions related to tropical forests and improve climate models, kicked off in March 2015. Phase 1 (March 2015 to March 2017) was barely under way when team members realized they might be facing a major climatic event—what Rich Norby, team lead for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) NGEE-T effort, says has been dubbed the “Godzilla El Niño.”

The why of everything . . . getting to know Colleen Iversen

Colleen Iversen, a member of CCSI’s Terrestrial Ecosystem and Carbon Cycling Science group, grew up on a farm in rural Michigan. The daughter of two scientists, it almost seemed inevitable that Colleen would become a scientist—just not a geologist.

Mayes honored at 2015 YWCA Tribute to Women Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Dr. Melanie Mayes, a staff scientist in the Environmental Sciences Division and Climate change Science Institute, was recently honored at the YWCA Tribute to Women Banquet and Awards Ceremony. Mayes, one of about 20 finalists in six categories was named the winner in the arts and innovation category.

New Roles at ARM Climate Research Facility Reflect Organizational Changes

The Climate Change Science Institute's Giri Palanisamy, along with his Pacific Northwest National Laboratory colleague Jennifer Comstock, have undertaken new professional roles within the ARM Climate Research Facility. Palanisamy's new role as ARM Architecture and Services Strategy Team (ASST) manager allows him to facilitate teamwork to craft a comprehensive, multi-year plan for ARM's computational environment.

Carbon Number Crunching


A booming economy and population led China to emerge in 2006 as the global leader in fossil-fuel carbon emissions, a distinction it still maintains. But exactly how much carbon China releases has been a topic of debate, with recent estimates varying by as much as 15 percent.